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Today I received my 16GB MicroSD to replace my now full 8GB. Normally to transfer contents it’s quite straightforward – just copy everything to computer then back onto the SD card (or from SD to SD if you’ve got a card reader). However, if you’ve got a rooted phone running apps2sd (also known as Apps2Ext) then there’s slightly more work involved to make sure that you end up transferring all your apps too. The method below describes how I managed it, and under that I’ve listed a few alternatives…
- Rooted phone
- SD card with ext partition
- ADB installed – how to
- Make sure you’ve still got your old SD card in
- Create a new folder on your computer called SD Card Backup
- Create 2 subfolders, one called FAT and another called EXT
- Connect your phone to computer and set to Disk Drive mode
- Copy all your SD card contents (FAT partition) into the FAT folder
- Open Command Prompt/Terminal on your computer
- Type: cd<space>
Make sure you use a space character, don’t type <space> and don’t press Enter yet!
- Drag and Drop the EXT folder into your command window, and you’ll notice that the full path to your EXT directory appears
- Press Enter
- Set your phone USB connection to Charge Only
- Type: adb pull /sd-ext/app .
Don’t forget that “.“!
- Wait while all your apps are copied into your EXT folder
- Once copied, insert your new SD card and use the same method you previously used to partition your new SD card as you want
I use the Amon RA recovery, flashed using Unrevoked. My partitions are: 4GB ext, 32MB swap (not really needed) and the rest as FAT
- Connect your phone via USB again
- In the command window, type: adb push . /sd-ext/app/
- Wait whilst all your apps are copied back to your ext partition
- Copy all your FAT files back onto the FAT partition
- Use Linux. Mounting your SD card in Linux will mount your ext partition too. It’s then a simple case of just copy and pasting your files from old SD to computer, then computer to new SD
- Titanium Backup. You can use Titanium Backup’s Batch feature to backup all the apps to the phones Fat partition, then copy the backups to new SD and do a batch restore
- MyBackupPro – similar to Titanium Backup, MyBackupPro allows you to backup all apps and their data, then restore them.
Why My Method?
I chose doing it the adb way because it doesn’t involve copying everything onto the SD card first – otherwise you’re waiting for everything to be backed up to SD, then to computer, then back to SD and then restoring using Titanium/MyBackupPro. It’s also good to have a copy of your apps saved on your computer just in case something goes wrong with your phone or SD card. If you already have adb installed, then it’s really quick to just run the adb command and grab all your apps.
Seems to be a few posts about syncing contacts to the Desire recently, I promise more variety in the next few posts (I’m open to suggestions) but I suppose this is the kind of thing people want right now as they start using their Desires!
Anyway, here’s a link to a Google page which gives you straight forward instructions on how you can directly sync contacts from your Symbian phone to your GMail account. Once synced, you can use that GMail account on your Desire and sync all the contacts down to your phone. It even works with your calendar too!
It’s really easy, done with software that should be on your Nokia already have (and if not it’s free to download anyway).
Basically: Nokia -> GMail -> HTC Desire. Simple.
Thanks to Stian216 on Twitter for the tip!
Note: This may work with other Nokia phones too depending on the version of Symbian OS that they use. This method is so easy it’s quite unbelievable.
Here’s what you do:
- On your Nokia go to Contacts
- Go on Options > Mark/Unmark > Mark All
- Go on Options > Copy > To Memory Card
- Connect your phone to PC
- Browse to /Other/Contacts/ on your phone’s memory card
- Copy all the .vcf files to your PC
- Connect your Desire to PC and mount as USB
- Copy all the .vcfs to the SDCard (make a directory for neatness if you like)
- Open the People app on the Desire
- Press the Menu button and select Import/Export
- Select the Import from SDCard option
- Select the Import All vCard files option
All your contacts will now be on your Desire using really simple steps.
NOTE: This has been tested on an N95 and should work on other phones too. It even worked on a Sony Ericsson K750i!
UPDATE 1: 15 April 2010 – 15:22: Updated the instructions on what to do on your Nokia
Here’s a really simple and straightforward way to transfer contacts from almost any Sony Ericsson mobile phone (non-Android of course) to your HTC Desire:
- Download and install MyPhoneExplorer (free)
- Connect up your Sony Ericsson phone with the USB cable
- Extract your contacts to a single VCard file
- Go to GMail and login to the account you use with your Desire
- Go to Contacts
- In the top-right corner select Import
- Select the VCard file that was created by MyPhoneExplorer
- Once the import is complete you can organise them into any group(s) that you want
- On your Desire go to Settings > Accounts and Sync, select your Gmail Account and Sync Contacts
All your contacts should now appear on your HTC Desire!